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Scranton Joins Program Addressing Barriers to Outdoor Equity

The City of Scranton joined a new program to address long-standing barriers to outdoor equity.

Scranton is an inaugural member of the 10-Minute Walk Park Equity Accelerator, an initiative of the Trust for Public Land.

The organization works with more than 300 mayors and city leaders across 48 states to close the park equity gap. The program addresses cities’ needs around health, resilience, environmental protection, economic development and community building through parks.

Seventy-five percent of Scranton residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park, according to the trust’s ParkServe database. However, safe walking, biking and rolling to parks is not always possible.

As a member of the new program, the city aims to improve connectivity to local parks through safe routes, street markers and aligning park amenities with community priorities, among other practices.

The trust will direct resources and provide technical assistance on solving park equity problems through policy change and innovation. Accelerator cities, like Scranton, will field-test policy ideas for 12 to 15 months.